Mustagh Ata, the "Father of Ice Mountains," towers nearly 25,000 ft above sea level. Further north, there is no higher mountain on earth (with the exception of its twin summit, Kongur). The Kirghiz muslims called it "Hazrat-i-Musa" and believed that white camels bore Mohammed's body to heaven by ascending its staircase slopes. It is situated on the Karakorum Highway, half-way between Kashgar and Hunza, in Chinese Xinjiang, about ten miles from the border with Tajikistan and 40 miles from the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan.
Five Miles High
This was probably the most difficult photo I have ever taken, not just because it took three years of planning and one prior failed expedition to get to this spot, but also because it was -15°F and my fingers were too cold to move.